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“As I read this treasure of a book, I became more and more fascinated with its contents…I give it my unqualified recommendation.”—“Dear Abby”
“Reading aloud is a joyous experience for child and for parent. The Read-Aloud Handbook offers useful hints as to why the experience is so mutually rewarding and how to make it work.”—Arthur Schlesinger
"The Read-Aloud Handbook promises to give parents, teachers, and all others who care about children, reading, and the pursuit of happiness new inspiration."—The Denver Post
“Fresh, vital, and inspirational…bravo for Trelease! I urge everyone who cares about literacy—and that should include people without children—to read this book.”—Los Angeles Herald Examiner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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- Publication date : June 25, 2013
- File size : 3002 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 380 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00AEDDPT6
- Publisher : Penguin Books; 7th edition (June 25, 2013)
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #197,425 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Parents: You don't need this book. Read to your kids. Read to your babies, your toddlers, your school aged kids. If you want a book list with descriptions, the free Sonlight book catalog is more comprehensive. Or look at the many online lists that don't have descriptions but offer more variety.
The biggest lure for me was the Handbook's "Treasury" - the annotated list of great read-aloud books that makes up the last third of the Handbook. I get overwhelmed when selecting books and wanted to be able to choose from a list of reliably loveable books for my children, as well as to make sure I wasn't missing any especially good choices for my middle school students. I'm pleased with the Treasury so far, both in the quality of books described and in the range of ages represented (There are a great few pages on reading to infants in Ch. 3 and any age toddler-8th grade should find several great recommendations in the Treasury). The bulk of the books described are picture books, short novels, and longer novels (100 pages and up), but there are some recommendations for poetry and reference books as well.
The first 170 pages of the Handbook covers topics like why we should be reading aloud, suggestions for reading aloud at each stage of development from infant up, tips for Sustained Silent Reading, and good and bad news about the growing dependence on digital reading. I'm surprised at how much I enjoyed these chapters. Here's what I loved:
* Inspiring: Trelease gives more than a sales-pitch for reading aloud - he makes the love and joy of reading with children contagious. I was already "sold" on reading aloud, but feel re-energized to make read-alouds more frequent and more fun.
* Challenging: The many anecdotes of inspiring educators and parents made me think. A teacher of 3 and 4 year olds reads chapter books as well as picture books... am I right to have assumed my 3 year old can't handle hearing a chapter book yet? And a mother read to her young child at meals as long a duration as the child showed interest... where can I work in more fun reading to our days? I could go on.
* Filled with practical suggestions: Some examples: great specific book recommendations when transitioning from picture books to novels, an anecdote of a clever ipod/text program for struggling readers, what we can learn from Oprah, and of course many practical dos and don'ts while reading aloud (before, during, and after reading). Several seem common sense, but they're still helpful.
* Readable: This reads like a conversation with a knowledgeable veteran educator who has formed strong opinions after years of getting to know how kids learn. It's filled with research, but not at all dense.
I'd also recommend Pam Allyn's What to Read When. There's not too much overlap; its book recommendations are more about teaching or opening up conversations on many different topics while the suggestions in Trelease's book are more about learning to love to read. Both are helpful to me.
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I found the book very inspiring as there is a great research-based discussion on how reading aloud to children benefits their cognitive development. Here are my favourite bits:
1) Research shows that reading aloud to children improves their reading, writing, speaking and listening abilities and best of all, their attitude about reading.
2) Research shows that it is not the toys in the house that make the difference in children’s lives, it is the words in their heads. So firstly, make sure you spend time talking with your child. Here is an interesting fact: parents talk with the child twice as much if the stroller faces toward the parent (obviously if the parent is not on the phone all the time). Secondly, reading provides much richer vocabulary than oral communication or TV, so start reading aloud as soon as possible.
3) Finland refuses to teach children to read until age seven and boasts the world’s highest reading scores. There is no need to push earlier reading skills. Instead, research shows that the children who were read to at least three times per week had a significantly greater phonemic awareness when they entered kindergarten and they were almost twice as likely to score in the top 25% in reading.
4) Children can hear and understand stories that are more complicated and more interesting than what they read on their own. So do not read to 6-year old Dr Seuss as those books with controlled vocabulary were designed to be read by children not to children of this age. But Dr Seuss’ is great to read to a baby or toddler as reading for this age is not about the plot but about the sounds (rhymes, repetitions, dramatic or silly sounds, etc).
5) The children are never too old to be read aloud.
6) It is better if you can read the book before you are reading it to your children. That would help first to decide that the book will be worth reading (remember from the previous week blog about complexity of a story or a narrator, archaic text, etc) and if it has appropriate emotional level for your child. It also will help you to make reading more exciting and better organise the discussion after your reading. We are all short of time, so I now “cheat” and listen to audio books at a faster speed (while walking) before reading it with my children together. And also if you start a book and you (or children) do not like it, just leave it.
7) SSR (sustainable silent reading) is very important and should take place in addition to reading aloud to the children. The author rightfully suggests that as we require our children to brush their teeth or take regular showers, we should not be afraid to require our children to have a daily routine to read. And nothing works best when you can sit next to them and do your reading instead of checking your phone or TV. “Read” by example. The author suggests at least two hours a week. And do allow children to choose their books: you can guide but do not push to read something they do not enjoy,
I remind myself that quote fro the book that all busy people find the time for the things they truly value and I set now a daily time to read aloud to my children at home.
On the back of this book, there is also a very comprehensive list of wordless books for babies, predictable books (rhyming) for toddlers, picture books for pre-school children, short novels, poems and full novels for teens. The author has arranged all books by age and has given a short description for each book, so you can decide if the complexity is the right level for what you are looking for (as I discussed last week about story, vocabulary or narrator complexity).
A must read to any parents!
to them. Birth to three years of age is the most vital age for exposusue to language
this book explanes why and how better than i can.
This book should be made compulsory reading for all would be parents. The earlier they realize the effects of reading, the better. At a time when the electronic media and gadgets are robbing the children's attention, the books suggested by Jim are a great help. Though it is not possible to arrest the spread of the influence of the new media, if we can make children interested in reading, it would help. Thank you for the great suggested lists.